Nepal Homestay Villages – Kaskikot Village

Kaskikot is nestled in a region rich with temples, history, and peaceful, panoramic views of the Himalaya. About 13 kilometres northeast of Pokhara, the village has many hotels and homestays with toilets, bathrooms, and Wi-Fi facilities.

At an elevation of 1,788m the village is part of the Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of Nepal, neighbored by the Village Development Committees of Sarangkot to the east and Dhukurpokhari to the west.

Attractions and activities
Views from the village include the snowy giant ranges of Machhepuchhre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Hiunchuli. To the south of the Kaskikot, visitors can enjoy a beautiful overlook of Pokhara and Nepal’s second largest lake, Phewa Lake.

The Kaskikot area is also identified as a start point of the Shah Dynasty, a reign that weaved a lot of history in Nepal. To this day, remains of the dynasty’s palace atop a local hill at 1400m exist as a recognized Hindu Shrine.

Other nearby temples to visit include Malu, Khadgaukot, Deurali, Guntechour, Chilimdanda, Paharepani, Kaule, and Pame. During Dashain, Nepal’s biggest festival of the year (around October-November), various cultural events take place at the palace with people from near and far coming to pay respects at Kaskikot.

Visitors may choose to enjoy Kaskikot’s stunning views, trek the local jungle or paraglide, participate in local life, religion and culture – or try them all!

Local life
The main occupations for residents are in agriculture, government, and business. Some locals go abroad to pursue opportunities. There are primary schools in every ward with only one higher education institute and one private English medium school. A general health post exists in Kaskikot with a few sub-health posts.

The main religions in Kaskikot are Hinduism and Buddhism. Kaskikot has diverse residents including Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakuri, Magar and Dalits. The main festivals throughout the year include Dashain, Tihar, Teej, Janai Purnima, and Buddha Jayanti. Exact dates for these festivals change year to year.

How to get there
A bus from Pokhara to Kaskikot is available every 3 hours. Alternatively, a taxi from Pokhara to Kaskikot takes about 45 minutes. For the energetic traveller it is also possible to hike to Kaskikot from Pokhara, or Sarangkot, which is much closer.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Giiri
Head of Family Tika Giiri
Contact Family Member Tika Giiri
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwari
The Giiri family offers five rooms for guests (with seven beds total). In their seven-member household they have five people who can speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. Tika Giiri is a shopkeeper and his wife helps him. His son also has a job and his daughter is studying.

Family Pariyar
Head of Family Bhupal Ram Pariyar
Contact Family Member Bishnu Pariyar
Ward No 6 Tole Patesutoara
The Pariyar family offers two rooms for guests (with four beds total). In their seven-member household they have five people who speak English. Members of the family work in agriculture, they are poor and depend on the field for their livelihood.

Family Tripathi
Head of Family Glovinda Tripathi
Contact Family Member Glovinda Tripathi
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwara
The Tripathi family offers nine rooms for guests (with ten beds total). In their seven-member household they are all able to speak English. They have water, a toilet and bathroom facilities. The family built the house and they have two cows.

Family Tripathi
Head of Family Khemraj Tripathi
Contact Family Member Khemraj Tripathi
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwari
The Tripathi family offers five rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their seven-member household they have four people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. The family works in the field and they have buffalo and ox. Two of the family members work in a school.

Family Tripathi
Head of Family Ramchandra Tripathi
Contact Family Member Ramchandra Tripathi, Sita Tripathi or Premparsad Tripathi
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwara
The Tripathi family offers five rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their seven-member household they have six people who can speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. They work in the field, and are involved in a hotel business. They also have family members studying.